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New Accessible Playground Opens in Delran, NJ

A second Jake's Place opened this week in Delran Community Park, designed to be accessible to children with special needs.




Jake's Place at Delran Community Park opened July 9.

Photo Courtesy of Jake's Place

A second Jake's Place playground, designed to be accessible for children with special needs, opened this week in Delran Community Park in Delran, NJ.

It joins the Jake's Place playground in Cherry Hill, NJ, in providing a place for children in wheelchairs or with other disabilities to play alongside other children.

"Until Jake's Place was created many local children with disabilities were rarely seen at a playground because there was no way to join in the fun," according to Buildjakesplace.org. "Build Jake's Place builds 'playgrounds for everybody.'

"Playgrounds where children in wheelchairs and other assistive devices can play along side others with ease. Even parents and grandparents with a disability can play and interact with their children or grandchildren."

The new playground, which had a grand opening on Tuesday, includes:

  • A cushioned, synthetic surface that accommodates wheelchairs
  • Ramps for wheelchair access throughout the playground
  • Bridges, balance beam and stepping circles that help with coordination and balance skills
  • Sensory and tactile play activities
  • Musical instruments
  • Swings with molded bucket seats
  • Wheelchair-accessible glider
  • Shaded areas, picnic tables, restrooms and a snack bar

Funds are being raised for a zipline as well, according to the website.

The new Jake's Place is located at 12 Hartford Road in Delran, NJ and at 1,285 square yards, is the largest in the area, the site says.

 

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